Hip-Hop icon Tupac Shakur is featured on the cover of the latest issue of XXL Magazine, which celebrates the rapper’s life and recognizes the upcoming 15th anniversary of his death.
Inside the issue, the mag pays tribute to the late rapper by interviewing people who ere close to him, including his biological father Bill Garland, who was quoted as saying:
“[Tupac] cared for people. That was his main thing. He really cared for people. I think that’s why he would get so upset when people tried to question his commitment, his love for Black women or Black men. The East Coast/West Coast, you know, that’s a fabrication. I don’t have to begin to tell you that. So when that was questioned, it bothered him. Because he would give his heart or soul. He was a giving person. He would give anything to people. He would go in a store. [If there was a] Black man who couldn’t afford a $1,500 pair of boots, he would buy ’em for him. Think that Black man would ever forget Tupac? That’s just the way he is. But I don’t think that he did it for that. He did it because he had it, and he didn’t. That’s the way he is.”
XXL also spoke with Pac’s ex-wife Keisha Morris, his first manager and mentor Leila Steinberg, his step-father Mutulu Shakur and his rap group the Outlawz.
The issue hits newsstands August 16th.